Taking preventive action is your best defense against having to deal with extreme cold-weather conditions. By preparing your home and car in advance for winter emergencies, and by observing safety precautions during times of extremely cold weather, you can reduce the risk of weather-related problems.
You can avoid many dangerous winter travel problems by planning ahead. Have maintenance service on your vehicle as often as the manufacturer recommends. In addition:
- Have the radiator system serviced, or check the antifreeze level yourself with an antifreeze tester. Add antifreeze, as needed.
- Replace windshield-wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture.
- Replace any worn tires, and check the air pressure in the tires.
- Keep the gas tank near full to help avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
Prepare your car with emergency supplies in the event you are driving when a storm hits.
Car and Emergency Checklist:
Cell phone; portable charger and extra batteries
Battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
Flashlight (and extra batteries)
Water and snack food
Extra hats, coats, mittens
Chains, rope and tire chains
Canned compressed air with sealant (emergency tire repair)
Road salt and sand
Bright colored flag; help signs
First aid kit
Waterproof matches and a can (to melt snow for water)
Call our specialists and they will assist you.
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